The nightcap between the two Far East El Paso powerhouses at the SAC did not disappoint, as the Eastlake Falcons hosted the Del Valle Conquistadores.
The battle was finally won by the home team, as the Falcons took flight over the Conquistadores 21-14.
Our very own Johnny Yturales was at the contest and we bring you his view via this ‘Game in Many Pics.’
High school marching bands in the Socorro Independent School District competed in the UIL region and Marchfest competitions, recently, highlighting their impressive creativity and musical talents on the field.
The UIL Marching Band Region Contest was Oct. 12 at the Student Activities Complex. All SISD high school marching bands received a Division 1 rating in the contest. Eastlake and El Dorado high schools qualified and competed at the 5A UIL Area Contest Oct. 26 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.
Eastlake placed second out of 23 bands at the area competition and advanced to the state contest Nov. 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
“We are very happy with the results of our hard work,” said Daniel Vega, Eastlake band director. “Our intentions are to put Eastlake on the map as we represent our district and community as best as possible.”
Vega says qualifying for the state competition has been one of the best accomplishments the band has achieved and credits the teamwork among students, parents, faculty and staff.
“Our kids are so talented here in El Paso and this gives them the opportunity to showcase our talent area and statewide,” said Armando Martinez, director of the SISD Fine Arts department.
The UIL Region contest is one of the most important contests for the marching bands, with each group performing an eight-minute show for the judges.
“These competitions are really exhilarating and give you something to work toward,” said Alondra Sanchez, an Americas High School senior and the marching band drum major. “It’s really nice to see our hard work pay off.”
Bands from the El Paso region also competed at at Marchfest on Oct. 19 at the SAC. The SISD contest is a longtime tradition, celebrating its 27th year this season, and gives bands another opportunity to compete and showcase their marching programs.
Pebble Hills and Montwood high schools finished in the top three at Marchfest, with Pebble Hills earning honors for its color guard and Montwood for its drum majors.
Each band had a total of fifteen minutes of field time with five minutes to take the field, eight minutes to perform and two minutes to clear the field of all equipment and personnel.
“We treat every performance, even at the games, as if it’s our last performance, so we go all out for every single performance,” said Eastlake senior Jasmin Campoya, drum major and a flute player.
Martinez said the students put an immense amount of work into the production designs and music to have a high-quality show for region, Marchfest and all performances during the marching band season.
“We have such great confidence in the staff, the teachers and administration and thank everyone at Team SISD for their continued support of the arts,” Martinez said.
The Eastlake Falcons flew west to the campus of Burges High to take on the Mustangs in a Thursday Night Lights contest.
The Falcons and the Mustangs traded the lead numerous times, but in the end, Burges claimed the win, 35-27
Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the contest in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’
Cross-town raptor rivals met up at Socorro ISD’s Student Activities Center Thursday night as the Canutillo Eagles flew in to take on the Eastlake Falcons.
While the purple-clad Falcons played host, the Eagles took the role of the spoilers, taking the season opener 41-21.
Our very own Chief Photographer ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the battle in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’
The Eastlake Falcons few south from their roost in the High Desert to take on the Monsters of the Mission Valley, the Del Valle Conquistadores.
Del Valle defended their home turf fiercely, holding the Falcons to only one score en route to a 44-7 win.
Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
In the nightcap of a doubleheader at Socorro ISD’s SAC, the Eastlake Falcons played host to the El Dorado Aztecs.
The Falcons wasted no time, quickly rolling up the Aztecs en-route to a 28-2 victory.
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics’
Thursday night was a great night for a football fight at Socorro ISD’s SAC, as inter-district rivals Eastlake and Pebble Hills battled in front of their fans.
With Homecoming bragging rights on the line, the Spartans held their own, but it was the Falcons who would fly away with the victory, 30-28
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and brings you his view of the game via this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
In the night cap game at Socorro ISD’s SAC, the Cinderella team of this year’s playoffs – the Jefferson Silver Foxes, took on the powerhouse Eastlake Falcons.
While the Silver Foxes looked to stretch their win streak to three games, the Falcons had other ideas, as they defeated Jefferson 56-13.
Andres Acosta was there and he brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
In a battle for the top spot in the district, the Eastlake Falcons rolled into the Mission Valley to take on the Del Valle Conquistadores.
Billed as the game of the week by almost every media outlet in the Borderland, the game certainly lived up to the hype, as Del Valle orchestrated a final drive comeback with much less than two minutes on the clock to beat Eastlake 25-21.
After three years of domination, the Eastlake Falcons had some speedy surprises for the El Dorado Aztecs, as the High Desert Raptors were victorious 34-12.
Our very own Andres Acosta was at SISD’s SAC Thursday night and brings you his view of the action in tonight’s ‘Story in Many Pics’
High school playoff action in the Permian Basin and Herald-post is there to bring it all to you! Our very own Andres Acosta brings you his view of the game in today’s Story in Many Pics.
Eastlake Quarterback Keith Tarango-Lopez, who wears number 12, did his best Tom Brady impersonation Friday night, leading the Falcons 80 yards and finding Hector Serrano for a game-winning 15-yard touchdown pass with 48 seconds left to play to defeat the (Lubbock) Cooper Pirates 24-21.
Eastlake head coach, Jay Calderon said before the game that being the only game in El Paso – for this round of the playoffs – added more pressure, but his team was excited to represent the city and the team responded to that pressure.
Serrano had dropped several passes throughout the course of the game, but it was the catch he made in the final seconds that shows the team’s resiliency.
“Hector dropped the ball earlier in the game and he was really down on himself, everybody picked him up at halftime told him he’ll get a second chance,” Calderon said. “It came around and he worked hard all year, he deserved a second chance and he mad the most of it.”
Both teams exchanged turnovers in a scoreless first quarter, the Falcons would take a 14-0 lead in the second quarter only to see the Pirates cut the lead in the closing seconds of the first half to make it a 14-7 halftime score.
The Pirates would receive the ball to begin the second half and would tie the game on a 64-yard drive, capped by a quarterback keeper for the touchdown from three yards out by Jarret Doege.
After retaking the lead with a field goal, Eastlake managed to stop the Pirates on a 4th and goal from the one-yard line, taking over on downs with a three-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Three plays later, Cooper linebacker, Jr Erwin would intercept Tarango-Lopez and return it for a touchdown to take their first lead of the game 21-17 with 8:45 left to play.
“We came out with a bunch of nervous energy, it happened to us earlier in the year,” Calderon said. “Our coaches did a great job getting these guys to calm down. Once we calmed down, we got the ball in (Adrian) Chavez’s hands, he made some great plays, some tough runs.”
Chavez was the workhorse in the game, leading the Falcons rushing attack with 148 yards on 19 carries.
Eastlake would attempt a 4th and 4 situation in Cooper territory, failing to convert and turning the ball over on downs with 5:51 left in in the game, but managed to force a Cooper punt with enough time left for the comeback win.
Tarango-Lopez accounted for two of the three Falcons’ touchdowns throwing for a pair while Alex Vasquez ran for another.
“Our guys hung tough, Lubbock Cooper is a great football team, picked to win the region earlier in the year, they have a great coaching staff. My hat’s off to them,” Calderon said. “Our guys were ready to play and refused to lose.”
Eastlake entered their area playoff game against Cooper riding a 10-game winning streak. Their last loss came on their first game of the season against El Dorado.
With the win, Eastlake extends its winning streak to 11 and wins their second-consecutive area championship.
It will be a battle of the birds, as Eastlake will now take on the Lake Dallas Falcons in the next round of the playoffs. That game is scheduled for 3 p.m. next Friday afternoon, in Midland.
“El Paso showed out big time today, I guess they made no secret saying they’re going to bring the storm,” Calderon said. “Our guys weathered the storm and did a good job.”
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